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Urban Views: 12 Quilts Inspired by City Living

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Urban Views: 12 Quilts Inspired by City Living

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Jun 1, 2013


The bestselling author of City Quilts is back with “12 projects in her graphic, modern and colorful style, all created with solid or near-solid fabrics” (Down Under Quilts Magazine).
Cherri House invites you to continue on her quilt making journey in her latest book Urban Views. In this collection of 12 all-new projects, you’ll learn how to quilt with triangles as well as master a variety of innovative techniques. In the “City Challenge,” the author explores 4 more U.S. cities with new quilt designs. All of the projects are rendered in House’s beloved signature style and will surely inspire sewists of every skill level.
  • Beginner and experienced sewists alike can create modern, must-have quilts with innovative techniques
  • Features modern solid fabric quilt designs with a universal appeal, making them excellent gifts for men and women alike
“House comes down solidly on the side of solids, and with her imaginative designs, the fabrics soar.”—Publishers Weekly
Jun 1, 2013

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Urban Views - Cherri House

When City Quilts was completed, I thought it was finished. I thought, I’ve created all the city quilts I’m going to make; I’ll move on to something new. Not so. The new quilts I was designing weren’t me, and the only things I wanted to make were more city quilts. Several months and about 50 less-than-wonderful designs later, I gave up the fight of trying to create something more complex, with intricate pieced blocks, and started putting on paper the quilts that I loved. Why did I believe that something more complex would be better? Why had I been putting limitations on my creativity, which is exactly what I preach against? So much internal drama.

Once I gave myself permission to create what I really wanted, the floodgates opened! Along with the flood of ideas also came the challenge of how to create a book that built on the foundation of City Quilts but wasn’t just more of the same. Among the ways I chose to move forward were to add a variety of triangles to the mix and to look at the fabric options offered by near-solids, hand-dyes, and cross-weaves. Another important addition to this book is you! You’ve helped to shape this book, and I thank you!


The quilts in this book, like those in City Quilts, are created using a grid system. Whether they are simple or complex, grids provide the structure and foundation for a balanced design composition. Utilizing a gridded format works for modern and traditional quilters alike.

The beauty of working with grids is the limitless possibilities offered within each new framework. The most basic of grids consists of squares. While a square is a simple shape, what occurs within the blocks—in terms of colors, secondary patterns, and overall design—obscures the minimal nature of the grid.

Square grid for City Recycling

City Recycling (page 75) begins as a simple square grid. Corner triangles add a secondary element, the consistent use of off-white as background color unifies the entire piece, and the gridded use of color creates diagonal lines that contribute another design element. Broken down to the basic elements, City Recycling is made up of Snowball blocks (Cutting Corners, page 77) sewn together in a nine-patch configuration.

City Recycling grid with triangle corners

City Recycling (full quilt on page 75)

City Traffic (page 63) is built on a basic grid of rectangles. With this quilt, the first thing the eye sees is the grid itself. The use of black as a background color draws your focus to the body of the quilt. The black sashing separating the blocks and rows is negative space, while the bursts of color in the blocks create movement.

Rectangle grid for City Traffic

City Traffic (full quilt on page 63)

Another grid of rectangles is used for City Sky (page 67), for a completely different effect. With no sashing or spacing between the blocks, colors flow from block to block. Through the manipulation of color, some blocks appear to be taller or shorter than others, but they are actually all the same size. The illusion of varying heights causes the viewer to pause and take a closer look at this quilt.

Rectangle grid for City Sky

City Sky (full quilt on page 67)


Traditional pieced or appliquéd blocks, used in a gridded format, are the basis of traditional quilts. But new creative opportunities appear when you utilize a traditional block—or your own original block—in a grid with the intention of expanding beyond the boundaries of the shape. A Flying Geese block becomes a bridge, Snowball blocks become a stack of glass bottles, and a simple circle appliquéd in a square becomes a forest.

City Bridge (full quilt on page 47)

A photorealistic quilt would replicate an object in very fine detail, whether it be a face, a landscape, or an animal. The goal would be to produce a fabricated piece that looked just like the subject matter. In contrast, these urban quilts are born by creating a design based on the essence of an object—the abstraction of the idea. Instead of literal translations of

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  • (4/5)
    "City Quilts" by Cherrie House is new book hot off the presses at C&T Publishing. Since I love quilts that are both simple and make use of solid color fabrics I knew from the beginning that this book would hold interest for me. Having grown up in New York City the photos in the book were quite evocative for me. I think that Ms. House did a remarkable job of designing simple but dramatic quilts reminiscent of every day city living images. Although I love using solid colors I think that the quilts in this book also lend themselves equally well to using prints.The beginning of the book includes a well done section on the basics - I like everything about this book and am looking forward to beginning one of the patterns. Also included is an excellent section on color choices, a bit of theory and tips on developing your ability to "see" patterns in everyday sights. I have collected quite a quilt library over the years and so there are not that many new books that come out that I truly want to spend the money on to add to my ever expanding collection - but this one is a good bet for your permanent collection! I don't think it will disappoint!